1989-2000 | LEARN TO BREATHE:
"Being a hero isn't always about how fast you can run, it's about helping however you can, wherever you're needed most."
Born October 8th
to loving parents Henry
and Nora Allen
, Bartholomew Allen was born two weeks late in the small midwestern town of Fallville, Iowa
. The lateness of Barry's birth only foreshadowed his bad habit of always being late. Not long after his birth, Henry was offered an esteemed position at the Central City Hospital prompting the family to move from their farm into the city.
During Barry's childhood, the relationship between Nora and Henry wasn't going well. It was during this time that Barry found himself retreating from the world and immersing himself in numerous books both fictional and non-fictional. In this retreat, he took refuge in the pages of a comic-book called 'The Flash'
. The Flash was a man named Jay Garrick
, a scientist by day and a superhero by night.
Thanks to Jay Garrick's adventures, Barry loved science from an early age, specifically chemistry. He won first place in the Fallville County Fair Agricultural Competition, which would encourage him to continue his academic skills. Despite this, Barry's mother Nora was struggling to encourage him, her relationship with Henry wasn't going well since moving to Central City
. Struggling to find substantial work, Nora ended up working double shifts at a local diner and had decided to try to get a divorce from Henry.
At the age of eleven, Barry had decided to participate in a spelling bee at the school. It was on this same day that Henry received the divorce papers on the day of the spelling bee, and because Nora had to work, he seethed and took Barry to school. When Nora returned from work, she was happy to see that her son had won the competition, but she was obligated to speak to Henry about their relationship, and so Barry was sent to bed early. Awoke in the middle of a bad thunderstorm, Barry rubbed his eye and made his way downstairs to get a glass of water. However upon entering the kitchen, Barry was shocked to witness his mother murdered as the room filled with lightning.
Suddenly knocked from the room, Barry found himself on the front yard before regaining his senses and running back inside. Returning to the kitchen, Barry found his father cradling Nora as he sobbed over her dead body as neighbour and police officer Joseph West
entered the room. Escorting Barry outside of the room, Barry was left to sit outside on the porch until Joe returned. Barry's father had been placed under arrest, despite the overwhelming evidence, he continued to profess his innocence.
2001-2008 | MOVE:
"Well, he may not have his mother, but he's got two amazing fathers. Seemed like he needed both."
With the murder of his mother and his father imprisoned for the crime, Barry was taken in by Joseph West. Having been close friends with the Allens since they moved to Central City, and with no other family in the area the Wests didn't want to see Barry get taken away. Growing up in the West house hold took quite a bit of adjusting to for Barry especially since he was now living under the same roof as his child hold crush and eventual first love, Iris West
Iris and Barry were fast friends from the time they met on the playground and quickly became best friends as children. Unbeknownst to Iris however, Barry had quickly developed a crush on Iris and as such, living with her as a sister was very awkward for the young boy.
Growing up under Joe, Barry originally would fight with his new foster parent due to Joe not letting Barry see his father, however Henry had asked Joe to not let his son see him. Not knowing this, Barry kept trying to run away to see his father at Iron Heights, and he was caught and stopped by Joe every time; at one point, Barry called him out for it, telling him that he wasn't his father and that he hated him. Eventually, Barry finally reached Iron Heights before Joe could stop him, and he finally came face to face with his father. Henry told him that he simply did not want Barry to see him in prison. Despite this, Barry begged for his father's release, insisting that the man in the lightning was who killed his mother, not Henry. Henry told him that he couldn't help him and asked that he be a good boy while Joe raised him. Henry was promptly taken away.
In school Barry was relentlessly bullied by another boy named Tony Woodward
. Joe noticed this and had Barry spar with Iris who easily beat him. Joe then told Barry that if he ever got into a fight he couldn't win that it was okay to run the other way.
Growing closer with Joe, Barry began to take an interest in Joe's career as the former officer was promoted to detective. Having learned from Joe that the search for evidence in that case would inevitably lead to the truth, Barry became a forensic scientist. For years, he visited Henry in prison, promising to look over all of the evidence of his mother's murder case until he found a way to prove his father's innocence.
In high school, Barry had a reputation for being slow and easy-going. On his first date, he went to a carnival. His date had wanted to put a little motion in his life, and they went on the roller-coaster first thing. Because of this, he developed a fear of roller-coasters, a fear that he didn't get rid of until much later in his life. High school was a difficult time for Barry, as both he and Iris developed, they drifted apart. Upon graduation Barry accepted a full scholarship to Midwestern University in Keystone City.
2009-2011 | BE SOMEBODY:
"Barry is the kind of man that I would've hoped to become if my parents hadn't been murdered."
- Bruce Wayne, the Batman
Attending Midwestern University, Barry graduated in three years with a major in organic chemistry and a minor in criminology. During this time, he kept his own private investigation into his mother's murder, visiting his father every chance he had. While a senior, Barry helped the authorities apprehend a bank robber, and he was offered a job as a police scientist for the Central City Police Department Special Investigations Unit. Eager to use his skills and knowledge to help people, Barry accepted the offer.
After years of coming back, and failing to find any proof, Henry broke down and admitted that he had committed the crime. The shock of realizing that all of his efforts had been for nothing depressed Barry. On the night of a storm, Barry angrily tore his lab apart. Suddenly, a bolt of lightning crashed through his lab's window, and struck him in the chest, causing him to drop the chemical vials he was carrying, and douse himself.
After a long comatose period, Barry woke dazed and confused but none the less checked himself out of the hospital. Deciding to return home, Barry called for a taxi as he normally would. However, the taxi started to pull away without noticing him. Barry sprinted after it, only to run straight past it as if it had been standing still. He decided to sit down and recollect his thoughts at a diner. A passing waitress accidentally spilled the items of her tray onto Barry, who amazingly caught them all in mid-air and returns them to the tray. The next day, Barry saved Joe from a stray bullet. There was no question about it: the accident had somehow given Barry superhuman speed.
Inspired by his foster father Joe and the examples of other superheroes, Barry decided to take on a symbol for himself, and decided to use his powers to help humanity. Designing a special costume, Barry used a special cold cast polyester he developed in college, which could be molded into miniature outfits from liquid material, that, when submersed in a special liquid, became sensitive to hydrogen, expanding on contact with the hydrogen in the air. A charge from a battery-powered ring he wore on his finger caused the fabric to release the extra hydrogen and shrink into the ring. He later revised the process, making the fabric sensitive to nitrogen instead. He called himself the Flash, a tribute to his childhood idol. He briefly considered wearing a costume that would show his face, like Jay had, but decided that it would be best to wear a mask to conceal his true identity.
Barry's first meeting with his future Justice League team members happened while responding to a call from Superman. Running to Metropolis, Barry joined the fight against the alien known as BRAINIAC. With the outcome of the battle being in favour of the heroes, they decided to join forces and the Justice League was founded from that day forth.
2012-2014 | E FOR EXTINCTION:
"You know what they say, live fast, die young."
As the Guardian of Central City, Barry began to attract the attention of the numerous villains who would plague the city. During his first year as the Flash, Barry tangled with criminal known by the likes of Captain Cold
, Heat Wave
, Captain Boomerang
, Weather Wizard
and the Trickster
. Sending each of these felons to hopefully rot in Iron Heights Prison
, Barry unfortunately brought them together as they bonded over the one thing they all had in common; a hatred for the Flash. Unfortunately for Barry, Captain Cold had a sister who had dubbed herself the Golden Glider
. Joining forces with two new players known as Mirror Master
and the Pied Piper
, the Golden Glider managed to break out the other felons. Joining forces, the felons branded themselves as the Rogues and sought to bring chaos to Central City.
Overwhelmed and outgunned, Barry was nearly killed as he charged headlong into the combined forces of his greatest enemies. Forced to retreat, Barry realized he couldn't just rely on his powers to beat every foe. Instead he began to think and eventually realized that the relationship between the Rogues was built only on a selfish desire to see him dead. Breaking the team apart, Barry was eventually able to pick them out one by one. Having outed himself to Joe and Iris, Barry convinced Joe to have the Rogues imprisoned separately in maximum security to avoid any further communication.
2015-PRESENT | UNTRAVELED ROAD:
"Ever since the big man fell at the hands of that monster, I can't help but be reminded of our own mortality, of how limited our time here is in the grand scheme of things. It's made me realize that we should spend every moment we can surrounded by our friends and the ones we love. To treasure them and remind them every day just how special they are. On that note, Iris West, will you marry me?"
-Barry Allen, New Years Eve 2015
While new threats seemed to appear constantly, there was nothing that could have prepared Barry for the arrival of Doomsday. Tossed aside by the beast during the Justice League's first run at the monster, Barry was powerless to stop the ensuing death of Superman. Resolving to better himself as a hero and make time for those he treasures, Barry proposes to Iris who immediately says yes. Now dealing with the fallout of Superman's death and making plans for his pending nuptials, Barry has to balance his life as a hero more than ever.